Bruin Scholarship Open raises record $137,000

2023 Bruin Open Mixed Team winners pictured with KCC President Paul Watson.

The 26th annual Bruin Scholarship Open, held Sept. 8, 2023, at Binder Park Golf Course in Battle Creek, was a tremendous success, with a record $137,000 raised from 132 sponsors and 238 golfers to support the KCC Foundation Scholarship Program

Since 1998, the Bruin Open has raised more than $1.7 million to help support hundreds of students pursue their educational goals. Much appreciation goes to the sponsors, KCC employees, student scholars, student-athletes and volunteers who each year make this one of the best one-day events of its kind in the region. 

We are already looking forward to next Bruin Scholarship Open on Friday, Sept. 6, 2024!  

Thank you to major sponsors Alro Steel, Binder Park Golf Course, Canon Solutions America, the Eisele Family Foundation, Heritage Chevrolet, IBEW Local 445, Laborers’ Local 355, the Mark O’Connell Family, Miller Financial Services, Schroeder DeGraw, Schweitzer, Inc. and Southern Michigan Bank & Trust. 

Congratulations to the 2023 Team Division Champions! 

  • Men’s Division: The Eisele Family (Mike Boldt, Kevin Buckner, Brian Coon and Mike Kulka)  
  • Women’s Division: Plante Moran (Mady Coy, Christa Leson, Vicki VanDenBerg and Lindsey Wegeler)
  • Mixed Division: Schroeder DeGraw (Vicki DeGraw, Ryan Konkle, Sal Konkle and Martha Rand, pictured above with KCC President Paul Watson)

This article first appeared in the December 2023 edition of BruIN magazine. To read the issue online, please visit